Hathaways provide a comprehensive criminal defence service. Our purpose is to protect the rights and defend the interests of our clients.
Police Station Matters
There is a 24 hours a day access to legal advice. Anyone arrested and in custody is entitled to legal advice from an independent solicitor free of charge. Hathaways have experienced solicitors and nationally accredited police station representatives available who can attend any police station in Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham in response to a simple telephone call.
Hathaways 24 hour emergency telephone number is 0788 9007466.
During office hours contact can also be made through our daytime telephone number 0191 4772288.
Magistrates' Court Matters
Our solicitors represent clients before Magistrates' Courts on a daily basis. With their experience of advocacy and knowledge of the law clients can be confident that their cases will be considered carefully and that they will receive the best possible representation.
All aspects of court representation are handled be it applying to the court for bail, representation at trial or presenting mitigation. Clients are advised on the various forms of funding.
Crown Court Matters
Where more serious matters are to be heard before the Crown Court or our client is advised to elect trial there we can provide the necessary preparation and ensure representation by an experienced advocate.
We are also able to help and advise drivers facing prosecution for motoring offences the advocates within the firm have experience and knowledge of this difficult area of law. We can offer an initial free interview in which we would consider the allegation and give some indication of the merits or otherwise of the case we can also inform on the likely level of fees. (Should legal aid be available we would advise.)